Gymnastics readies for LSU
Published: Friday, January 14, 2005 at 1:33 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 14, 2005 at 1:33 p.m.
The No. 12 Gator gymnastics team opens their 2005 league season Jan. 14 at 8 p.m. competing against rival No. 20 Louisiana State University.
Since 1992, 23 meets between the Gators and the Tigers have been decided by less than one point. UF leads LSU 48-26 in all-time matches.
The Gators have added difficulty to their 2005 routines that ultimately forced them to count three falls at the Super Six Challenge held Jan. 7 at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center.
The Gators placed second for the second year in a row, losing to the University of Georgia. Florida's Breanne King claimed the beam title and placed second in the all-around.
Samantha Lutz took the uneven bars event. The team also led the other programs with top team scores on vault and uneven bars.
The Tigers opened their season Jan. 7 taking third (193.725) at the Michigan State quad meet, showcasing MSU (195.475), Denver (193.875) and Ball State (190.025).
The Tigers' Nicki Butler won the uneven bars and April Burkholder won the floor competition with.
Kelly Phelan placed second for LSU in the all-around competition.
Friday's meet will be the first Southeastern Conference meet for both teams.
In 2004, the teams split the winnings in their two meetings. The Gators won a home dual meet 197.10- 195.30 and the Tigers beat UF by only 0.5 points at the Southeastern Conference Championships.
The meet will not be broadcast on television but live scoring will be available at http://www.Isusports.net.
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